If prostitution really is the world's oldest profession, what is the second oldest?
Teacher - farmer - butcher - entertainer - politician - or something else?
I would say religion (which may take in a form of prostitution at times) followed by medicine and teaching.
Religion is usually done without earning money.
Who said anything about earning money? I was thinking about other rewards. But there are preachers in the USA that have made millions preaching.
Oh yes. The couple I'm thinking of - I think the woman was called Tammy - did it illegally. Let us not forget that the priests of Ancient Egypt tended to be better sheltered and to eat better than the average Ancient Egyptian.
Thief. Possibly that is the 'real' first as a prostitute in essence may be thought of as a thief and the customer. I dun'no . . . by the way I have always wondered why they call the customer a 'John'.
Prostitution is more than a practice of sexual acts. To prostitute oneself in business is to offer one's integrity at a price for financial gain. It is not an uncommon phrase to hear one say "you prostituted yourself (or our company) for that account / sale." In other words it was a backroom deal that was made. There is the act of prostituting and the act of thievery. The difference is the actual means and the actual gain. Overall it is both receive some benefit . . . unethically.
I would say politician. If there are more than two people in a room, there is politics going on.
As Aniket Lawand below says, 'pimp' could be the second.
We need a re-think on that though, don't we. Pimps took some of the trade from 'Madams', who might not have had the muscle to stop the pimp filching their business. After all, Madams are usually ex-prostitutes who drew the line under horizontal operations and sat behind a desk instead to take the cash from the punters (vicars, chief constables, judges, politicians and all these upright bastions of civilised society) in a bawdy house.
Pimps hang about on street corners waiting for casual trade,(kerb crawlers, jolly jack tars [hello sailor!] or drunks in town for a good night out).
Yeah that is a possibility, I chose Pimp because for some it would have difficult to handle business and they chose agents now known as Pimps. I thought Madams were retired prostitutes and the entrepreneurs followed opportunity created by the Madams.
I'd have to say, STD Clinician, followed closely by Divorce Attorney.
The first thing which popped into my mind was earning money to work as a slave.
I think Medicine. Even though it wasn't perfected some did heal.
The second oldest profession is greed and power. These to areas go hand in hand with political agendas. Not with, only politicians, but with some business people who will stop at nothing, to achieve their goals of the rich and famous.
by XtineTheWriter 10 years ago
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Im confused on this issue what do you guys reall think are they or not
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